If you are the owner of a Galaxy Note 10.1 and want to take full advantage of it, then the best way to do that is to root is, install recovery and even flash a custom ROM. Well good news, we have the guide, thanks to XDA Developers member, Zedomax, so you can go ahead and flash ROMs to your heart’s content. All you need to do is follow the steps below.

The guide we are showing you today shouldn’t take longer than ten minutes to complete, and it comes with a custom recovery. The custom recovery will allow you to flash a custom ROM. Keep booting the device into the custom recovery to flash future custom ROM zip files. Just be sure to wipe each ROM before installing another ROM.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

A custom recovery such as ClockworkMod recovery comes with a NANDroid backup option. You should take these backups in between flashing custom ROMs since you do lose any data that isn’t backed up between flashing ROMs when you wipe the old version. You will see the NANDroid option from the recovery menu.

Understand that a custom recovery and a stock recovery are two entirely different things. The custom recovery is what you need to install zip files; thus it’s the only option for flashing custom ROMs. There’s really no other reason for it than that. As you probably already know, smartphone and tablets coming from Android OEMs are under restrictions that don’t allow you to have full access to the internal hardware. It’s these same restrictions that stops us from flashing zip files from the stock recovery. Android don’t include the option on purpose so we cannot indulge in ROMs that aren’t the stock Android.


Before you begin:

  • This guide supports Galaxy Note 10.1 model numbers GT-N8000, GT-N8010 & GT-N8013 only. It is not designed for use on any other devices.
  • This guide has been developed for use with a Windows PC only.
  • You will need to have your devices USB drivers installed on your Windows PC. This can be achieved by installing Samsung Kies.
  • Ensure that USB debugging is enabled on your device.
  • Ensure that all firewalls, antivirus’s, and security software is disabled for the process to be successful.
  • Again, back up all your personal data as the process will wipe it all from your device.

The Guide:

  1. First, you will need to download the following:
  2. Root & ClockworkMod Recovery
  3. Once downloaded, extract the files from the root packages ZIP to somewhere easy to locate like your desktop. It should contain the following:
  • Odin3 v1.85.exe.
  • Odin3.ini.
  • HighOnAndroidCWMRecoveryGTN8000.tar.
  • CWM-SuperSU-v0.94.zip.
  1. Once you have ensured you have these files you will be able to start by installing ClockworkMod Recovery. Connect your device to your PC via USB.
  2. Copy the CWM-SuperSU-v0.94.zip to your devices internal SD card.
  3. Once done, locate the Oden3 v1.85.exe on your desktop and double click on it to launch it.
  4. Once open, click ‘PDA’ then select the ‘HighOnAndroidCWMRecoveryGTN8000.tar’file.
  5. Do not change anything else from within Odin.
  6. Switch off your device then boot it into Download Mode. To achieve this, hold down the ‘Power’ and ‘Volume Down’ buttons together until you see a Warning! message appear. Once you see this you can enter Download Mode by pressing the ‘Volume Up’button.
  7. Connect your device to your PC via USB. Within Odin’s message box (which is located in the lower left-hand corner) you should see a message saying ‘Added!’. If for some reason this does not come up, you may need to reinstall your drivers and then repeat steps 5 – 8.
  8. Now from the Odin menu, click ‘Start’, this will start flashing ClockworkMod Recovery. When you see the message saying ‘PASS!’ from within the Odin message box, you can disconnect your device from your PC.
  9. Now that we have installed CWM Recovery you can proceed to rooting it. To do this, switch off your device, then boot into CWM Recovery. To achieve this hold down the ‘Power’ and ‘Volume Up’ buttons simultaneously until the screen turns on. Once it has turned on you can release the ‘Power’ button but wait until the CWM Recovery menu appears before releasing the ‘Volume Up’ button.
  10. Select the following: ‘Install ZIP from SD card’ > ‘Choose ZIP from SD card’ > CWM_SuperSU_v0.94.zip’ . You will need to confirm this on the following screen.
  11. Wait for the installation to finish. Once it has you will need to go to the CWM Recovery main menu and select ‘Reboot System Now’.
  12. When you have rebooted your device you will need to connect it to the internet and launch the SuperSU app from within the app menu. Press ‘Continue’ when prompted then ‘OK’ before closing.

When installing apps that require root access you will just need to press ‘Grant’ when prompted.